Mark urges locals to think for the box

Bellshill author Mark Wilson.
Bellshill author Mark Wilson.

Times and Speaker readers are being called upon to help a local author with the design of a new box set of books.

Mark Wilson, originally from Bellshill, has penned a collection of county-inpired tales, and is preparing to release them as the ‘Lanarkshire Strays’ box set.

The collection features Bobby’s Boy, set in the 70s and 90s and following the story of an orphan from Bellshill and his uncle; Naebody’s Hero, an international thriller with a gifted Lanarkshire hero at its centre, and Head Boy, which follows a sociopath as he kills and cons his way through a fictional Bellshill underworld.

It will also include work in progress, The Man Who Sold His Son, which Mark is hoping to finish soon.

Dad of two Mark, who also works as a biology teacher in Fife, said: “I’m looking for a positive image that represents Lanarkshire and it’s people to use on the cover of the collected Lanarkshire Strays series.

“All sorts of images come to mind from the Ravenscraig towers to children playing in the street.

“I’d love to come across an image that people can connect with and which relays the resilience, and humour of Lanarkshire folk.

“The image will be used as the front cover, so must be of good quality and will be fully credited in the collected volume.”

He continued: “All of the books in the Lanarkshire Strays series have connections between their characters but are stand alone stories.

“I’m aiming for an autumn release for The Man Who Sold His Son and for the Lanarkshire Strays box set.”

Anyone with suggestions for Mark, or who has pictures they think would make a great cover, can email